# Two's Complement Cheatsheet

Quick conversion rules.

### Binary Positive to Negative

Invert all the bits and add one:

0101 => 5 1010 + 1 ---- 1011 => -5

### Binary Negative to Positive

Invert all the bits and add one:

1011 => -5 0100 + 1 ---- 0101 => 5

### Binary Negative to Decimal

Consider the highest-order bit as having a negative weight and all other bits as having a positive weight:

1011 => -1*2^3 + 0*2^2 + 1*2^1 + 1*2^0 => -8 + 0 + 2 + 1 => -5

### Unsigned Complements

Thinking in terms of unsigned n-bit integers, the two's complement of `x`

is always given by `2^n - x`

. For example, for 4-bit numbers:

2^4 - 5 = 16 - 5 = 11 [1011] 2^4 - 11 = 16 - 11 = 5 [0101]

In a 4-bit world the two's complement of 5 is 11 and the two's complement of 11 is 5. A number and its complement always sum to `2^n`

.

### Range

An n-bit two's complement integer can represent the range from –2^{n-1} to 2^{n-1} – 1.